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(Science Magazine)   Time to update your t-shirts and House Stark swag. New genetic study reveals that Dire Wolves (Canis DIrus) weren't actually wolves at all, and don't even belong in the Canis genus at all   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Canis, Dire wolves, Dire Wolf, Gray Wolf, Coyote, La Brea Tar Pits, close cousins of gray wolves, Angela Perri  
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2021-08-02 3:23:18 PM  
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That's not all that surprising, as convergent evolution does sort of support similar features for animals in similar niches--but what is really going to cook your noodle?

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2021-08-02 4:55:34 PM  
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"These animals were not mythological beasts," Perri says. "They lived among us. Not that long ago, the world was full of creatures we will never see again."

How many of the species we're familiar with right now will that be true of in a hundred years.
2021-08-02 8:12:49 PM  
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I mean... this isn't all that exciting, frankly.  The divergence still happened well after the cat/dog split and they're still broadly in the "canine" category, the three groups being jackals, wolves, and now dire wolves in parallel now instead of dire wolves being penciled in as part of wolves.

They're still all more closely related than they are to, say, foxes.

// I mean, I could be reading the associated white paper wrong, I guess.  And I wouldn't say that it's not exciting to the person studying this specific thing as the focus of their grant, I imagine they think it's quite neat.
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